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Wesley UMC’s Vision Statement
We strive to quiet the conflict among all people by creating a compelling environment that fosters spirituality, community engagement, and social justice.
Wesley UMC's Inclusivity Statement
Persons of all races, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations are welcomed as full participants in the life and mission of this congregation.
United Methodist Church's Mission Statement
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
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Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness
   Join us and be present for worship on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am or during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22. Let us know that you attended the service by clicking this link. New episodes appear each Tuesday at 4:30 pm and re-air on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm, Thursdays at 10:30 am, Fridays at 7:00 am, Sundays at 1:30 pm, Mondays at 10:30 am.

  Request prayers by email from our Prayer Chain at this link. Join us for fellowship via Zoom at this link.
Meeting ID: 826 9124 7213  Passcode: Wesley

  Give or tithe to Wesley's mission and ministries by check to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 or visit this secure link on our website to use your debit or credit card. 
  Find opportunities to serve our neighbors in need and imagine ways to witness your faith below or on our website. 


CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!
Patrick Conroy

Josh Meachen
Amara Meister
Tabby Nugent
Nate Platt
Sarah Prouty


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Kevin Large 06/17
Garrison Landers 06/19
Garrett Landers 06/19



- For our Administrative Assistant, Anne Roberts and her family, whose dad, Dave is in hospice, as Anne travels again to Wisconsin to be with him during this liminal time,
- For Judy Warner who has fallen and broken her wrist and will undergo medical tests for another recurring health condition,
- For the family of Louise Poole who died recently,
- For Nadine Strout whose daughter Faith died last week,
-For Tong whose critical condition is unchanged following an accident and for her family who traveled from China to be at her side,

- For Stephen Kane, Norma's grandson, in the Navy traveling to a new destination,
- For Peter Spaulding with pancreatic cancer whose wife Beth sings with our choir,
- For Lesley Masters undergoing surgery next week,
- For Dennis Broussard,
- For
Al Sidney,
- For Arline Little,
- For Bill Broadrick,
- For Ken Gallager's mom Ann,
- For Larry Haynes,
- For all the things our friends and neighbors are dealing with that we know nothing about, but God does and holds them close to the heart of love,
- For Wesley's ministries: Family Promise, Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, Abbot-Downing School, Second Start Alternative High School;
- For our children and youth programs;
- For Judy Daka's ministry in Zambia.
- For Belinda Forbes' dental ministry in Nicaragua.
- For our Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, our District Superintendent Taesung Kang, our Pastor Cheryl Meachen, our staff, our volunteer church leaders and each member and friend of Wesley.

Find the addresses of our homebound members at this link to send a special card! If you don't have our participant directory, please email Jill Savage at this link to get a copy so that you can send cards, call to chat and text to keep in touch with all of your church friends.
Pastor Cheryl lovingly encourages you to stay connected with your beloved community.

 
  This Sunday, June 13th, we will hear scripture from 
Mark 4:26-34 by Pat Neal and we will celebrate our Children's Ministry and our Graduates.
  This is Communion Sunday. Please have have a small piece of bread or cracker and some juice or water with you during worship, which we will bless and receive together.

 


Longterm Forecast
Each of our Sunday Services can be viewed on our YouTube Channel at 10:30 on Sunday.
June 20 - Father's Day- 2 Cor 6:1-13
June 27 - Healing- Mark 5:231-43


Rev. Cheryl L Meachen is our lead pastor.
Anne Roberts is her Administrative Assistant.
Christina Catino is our Director of Children-and-Youth Ministries.
Deborah Venator compiles and produces our videos.
Ken Gallager is our talented organist.
Ben Greene directs the virtual choir compiling individual video recordings.
Alan Schulte directs Electric Praise, compiling their lively music and setting it to video.
Judy King and Myrna Evans design our altars

 


You can also check out our archive of this week's service after it is aired, as well as previous services on our YouTube channelYou can also click on the "playlist" tab and listen to Ken's beautiful organ music, the choir's inspired anthems, many hymns, including Christmas carols, or EP's lively music anytime.
All services are available on CCTV Channel 22 the Tuesday following the premiere air dates, as well. CCLI License #2293792
 


Thursday June 17th 6:30pm
Ever wonder what its like to be an elementary school principal in 2021? Anthony Blinn of Abbot-Downing School will help us kick off our new Midweek PickUp. Blinn has served in school leadership in many of our local communities and has been a strong advocate for the children in those communities. Ben Greene will offer lovely guitar music and Pastor Cheryl will facilitate a question and answer period and offer prayer. Register by clicking here so that we know how many to expect or call the church office at 224-7413.
 



Wesley will return to in-person worship on Sunday, September 12, 2021! There will be some COVID restrictions including but not limited to: masks, contact tracing, social distancing and registration will be required for in-person worship.

Good morning, Beloved,

This week we will celebrate Children's Sunday and our Graduates during Children's Time. We will hear Jesus' familiar parable about the mustard seed in scripture. Our music will be filled with references to faith and patience and our prayers will lift up the planting, growing and flourishing analogy of the mustard seed in our own lives.

I'm excited to announce that our first Midweek PickUp will be held this Thursday June 17th at 6:30pm. Principal Anthony Blinn of Abbot-Downing School will be our inaugural guest. Ben Greene will offer lovely guitar music and Pastor Cheryl will facilitate a question and answer period and offer prayer. Please register by clicking here so that we know how many to expect or call the church office at 224-7413.

It is so fitting to have Principal Blinn come during a week when we here at Wesley are celebrating our children. Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3)  Each week in our prayers, we remember our children's ministries recognizing that gift that they bring to our community. Even as I sit here writing this article, the Scouts are meeting outside the church. There are moments when they are listening and learning intently but at this moment they are tearing up and down the side lawn outside my office window, shouting and just having a whole lot of fun. I am delighted by the life and energy they are bringing to this moment for me.

I love it when we have children in worship who squirm and wriggle and pipe up with a remark out loud. You may remember my sharing a body prayer based on Psalm 46:10, "Be Still and Know that I am God" to song. We did that every week in a church I previously served. Once, in the middle of a week a momma of three girls texted me to say that she was preparing her youngest, who was six at the time, for gymnastics class. She was tying the little one's hair into a bun and said, "Be Still!" and the precious child responded by singing "...and know that I am God!" What delight these children bring to our lives. How impressionable they are. What a responsibility we have to teach them and model grace-filled lives to them.

This week we will also celebrate our older children, those who have reached the significant milestone of graduation following years of study and work. They are about to launch into the next phase of their lives: some with more schooling at higher institutions and others in the workplace, but the reality for all of them is that the world is wide open and full of possibilities. They have accomplished much but there is still more ahead of them and we pray with them and their parents for incredible opportunities to fully be themselves as their lives unfold like the petals of a flower.

We laud children for their innocence and seek to emulate their ability to learn. At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” (Matthew 18:1-5)

How ready are we to become childlike? To be the learner, the innocent, the inexperienced? Those are the qualities that Jesus is telling us are required to realize the kin-dom of heaven. What other qualities make us receptive to grace and love? In the Beatitudes Jesus shares several which also strike me as child-like: meekness, hungering and thirsting for righteousness and purity of heart.

I invite you to reflect on the places where those child-like qualities intersect with God's world of infinite possibilities that lie before each of us, and that lie before Wesley. Let's move into this future we face with hope and a hunger and thirst for all that creation has in store.


In child-like, innocent love, full of possibilities,
Pastor Cheryl

Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen


Door Locks: Your key will still work but the mechanism has been changed. Please be sure the door is locked when you use it.
We are still looking for folks with real estate, legal, building and other expertise to help find new organizations to use our space now that Step Ahead Preschool has closed. Please send an email  to Pastor Cheryl to volunteer your ideas and your time.
This week the Finance Committee held their bi-monthly meeting and reviewed the Treasurer's Report, debriefed the plant sale and set the budget process in motion. The Plant Sale netted $4816, "the best we have done in the past few years and maybe the best we've ever done" according to our Treasurer! Now, on to our Christmas Tree Sale!!
  This week your Lay Leader Jane Broadrick, Equalization Member, Judy King and Pastor Cheryl (and maybe our retired clergy members) have been attending New England Annual Conference voting on a variety of challenging issues, hearing reports of important mission and ministry throughout our region, celebrating the lives of clergy who have passed, hearing from our Bishop and Laity and more. Check out our Conference website to learn more.
  One thing that interested me was hearing that the Conference also applied for and received a PPP loan. I felt especially grateful for that. I was also interested to hear the connection between local churches (like Wesley)'s mission shares and the Conference's ability to meet it's own mission shares to the larger church. Drawing that back to our own pledges and tithes, the connection was so beautiful to me in that moment, the interdependence and the mutual support as I give to Wesley, Wesley gives to the NE Conference, the NE Conference gives to The United Methodist Church and we as a denomination support ministries throughout the world so that when a hurricane or flood happen, I know that my dollars made a difference; so that when someone is hurt or in danger, I know that there are United Methodist churches throughout the world poised to help, reaching out in love and justice. May it be so.

CCEH Corner
Each bottle of water, travel size shampoo, volunteer time or financial assistance that is shared with CCEH really has an impact on their guests' success. Please enjoy Davian's success story, click here for his three minute video. There are many other videos on CCEH's Facebook page to enjoy!

Reminder, during the week of June 27th, Wesley is committed to help with meals. Cash donations to buy gift cards and/or prepared meals and groceries are needed. Thank you for your support!
For more information contact Ruth Engel.


Thank you for taking such good care of the Abbot-Downing School Community! The donation of water and snacks for our upcoming field day is very much appreciated! Thank you!

From Miss Mary and Mrs. Moffett

Spiritual Formation
and Education
Monday Morning Quarterback Bible Study

Weekly questions from Pastor Cheryl to continue studying scripture 
from the worship service at home.

Read:
https:  Mark 4:26-34

This week's questions come from Pastor Chris Hermansen, Epiphany Lutheran Church

1. Why does Jesus teach in parables? Do you have a favorite parable that Jesus taught? Is there one that you don't like or have always struggled to understand?

2. Is the Kingdom of God a mystery? In this imagery of the harvest it comes across as if the one who plants the seeds is unaware of how they grow, but they do in fact grow and produce something that is a benefit to someone else. What does the church produce that benefits the greater community?

3. How is the Kingdom of God like a mustard seed? The idea here is that something that appears at first small and insignificant can in fact grow into something larger than expected and actually be a blessing to someone/thing else. How has the Kingdom of God surprised you?

4. What parable would you tell to describe/explain the Kingdom of God?


Adult Sunday School 
This Sunday is our last class before the summer break.
 We will start a study of Isaiah in the fall. 

Join Zoom at this link.  Meeting ID: 863 3723 2049  Password: 003935  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
Ms. Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries

 

Sunday School ended for the Program Year on May 30th. Join us this Sunday, June 13th to celebrate our graduates and to share a special Children's Program!

Music Ministry


The choir will continue to record hymns throughout the summer! Contact Choir Director Ben Greene to join the fun!
Softball

Hello, Wesley softball players. Come play or cheer our team on at  in Ineson field on June 21st at 6:00 pm. Email Norm Lemay with any questions.

This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Mark 4:26-34

The Parable of the Growing Seed

He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’

The Use of Parables

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.




Prayer

Come and see what bloomed in the garden while we were asleep! What unfurling Spirit has done in the dark:

How solidarity sprouts where ego was weeded out.

How compassion blossoms from the ground where we sat and shared stories.

Let us gather

that we might be to each other branch and shade,

that we might rejoice in God

who tends our intentions and blesses our rest.

Amen. 

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

This week’s Kumi Now online gathering looked at the environmental damage of the occupation in Palestine/Israel. The environment has been traumatized by the uprooting of native trees, the construction of settlements, the building of the separation wall, military activities and theengineering of water projects that divert water from the Jordan Valley and underground aquifer.

Lord, we pray that the full cost of the ravaging of the Holy Land through the
Israeli occupation will be recognized before irreversible damage is done. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayer.

Yousef Issa is a 23-year-old Palestinian from the town of Lydda, east of Tel Aviv. He was
standing outside, minding his own business, when he was suddenly shot by Israeli police. His injuries have left him with speech and movement difficulties. No police officers have been prosecuted for this assault.

Lord, we pray that all perpetrators of violence against innocent victims will be
held accountable under the law in Israel, no matter their ethnicity or occupation. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayer.


On Friday, the 28th of May, the Israeli Central Court postponed hearings into the forcible
evictions of seven Palestinian households in Batn al-Hawa, in the neighborhood of Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem in favor of Jewish settlers.

Lord, we pray for the hundreds of Palestinian people in East Jerusalem who are facing the imminent threat of unjust eviction. We pray that the international community will challenge the Israeli authorities on their policy of home evictions in the Occupied Territories. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayer.

The Israel Land Authority, (ILA), has invited bids from Israeli construction companies to fully “redevelop” the Lifta neighborhood of Jerusalem. Lifta is one of the few remaining Palestinian villages that give a glimpse of the character of the hundreds of Palestinian villages depopulated in the Nakba. Descendants of those Palestinians forced to leave Lifta are asking the  international community to put a stop to its total destruction.

Lord, we pray for all those forced from their homes in Palestinian villages in the Nakba. We pray that the remains of the village of Lifta may be preserved for posterity and the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their homes be respected and no longer ignored. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayer.

Jawad Abbasi is a fifteen-year-old boy from the Ras al Amoud area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, who was injured after being chased and hit by an Israeli police car for displaying a Palestinian flag on his bike. The police detained him and later released him to receive treatment for his injuries in hospital.
 
Lord, it is difficult to hear that a child has been deliberately injured by a police car for having a flag on his bike. We pray for an end to the campaign of harassment and intimidation being carried out by the Israeli authorities on the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayer.


During the past week Palestinian artists have been painting murals that depict the narratives in their towns. They hope to encourage the steadfast spirit of their people living under adversity.

Lord God, our Creator, we thank you for the creative gifts of all artists and for the mural painters. When we expose dark works to the light, they become visible and somehow less frightening. Lord, help us to walk in love, as children of light. Lord in your mercy...hear our prayer.

submitted by Gail Page

Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Who is eligible to get the vaccine right now?

New Hampshire vaccine appointments are available to NH residents ages 12 to 15. To sign up to receive a coronavirus vaccine in New Hampshire go to the state’s registration system. This includes out-of-state college students and second home owners. 

Here is where where we stand:


Vaccination overview
From Our World in Data · Last updated: 5 days ago
New Hampshire
Doses given Fully vaccinated % of population fully vaccinated
1.59M
1,590,000
711K
711,000
52.3%
52.3%

United StatesUnited States
Doses given Fully vaccinated % of population fully vaccinated
304M
304,000,000
+1.07M
+1,070,000
140M
140,000,000
+693K
+693,000
42.8%
42.8%
+0.2%

Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution 
Instructors:  Joan and Ernie Farrar

Every church deals with conflict, both healthy and unhealthy, and lay servants can be equipped and empowered to help lead through those times of conflict as a time of transformation.    

Five Sunday's - July 11 - Aug 8, 2021 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Registration Cost:  $10
Registration Deadline - July 1, 2021

Requirements: The participant’s book, “The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation”, by Thomas Porter. Available at Amazon, Cokesbury, Upper Room and others at about $25.00

 REGISTER HERE   


Summer 2021 Wait Lists

Most of our 2021 programs are currently accepting sign ups for our Wait List, but there are spaces available -- we just need to make sure your camper(s) fits into our cabins and staff capacity before slotting you in. Please register for the Wait List OR email us with your preferred week and we will do our best to make it happen. We are optimistic that Wanakee will be able to increase our capacity slightly in the weeks ahead as we finalize additional staff and recruit volunteer counselors. 

Dates and rates: www.wanakee.org/2021-dates-and-rates
Sign-up: wanakee.campbrainregistration.com/
COVID-19 info: www.wanakee.org/faq


Online Training Opportunities for Clergy and Laity
The events listed here, which include District Resource Days, are opportunities for laity and clergy to hear from gifted speakers and workshop leaders from across New England and around the nation. Experts will offer big ideas and practical tools that can be implemented in the local church context. These Leadership Training Opportunities are offered as a way to help strengthen the work of your church. As United Methodists and members of a connectional church, we know we are stronger together. You are encouraged to take full advantage of the gifts and knowledge of our presenters. 

  • June 14, 2021 -  "Voices and Stories" an ONLINE series that uses historical education and contemplative listening to open hearts and minds to the events that have shaped American society today. "Building bridges of understanding through historical education and contemplative listening". (6/23)
  • June 21, 2021 - 10 am - Digital Ministry - All Things are Possible: Spiritual Transformation with Children via Zoom - Learn More
  • Jason Moore's "Both/And" webinar available thru June 15th
  • Sept. 25, 2021 — Pastor Liz Magill  - Conference Resource Day hosted by Green Mountain District 

2021 Annual Conference 
The 2021 virtual Annual Conference session will take place June 10-12; Clergy Session will be held June 9. See a tentative schedule.

Non-voting members are invited to watch the session via livestream on the Conference YouTube channel.

Pre-Conference Materials now Available

Donate to the 2021 Annual Conference offerings

Though we are not able to meet in person, we wanted to offer everyone the opportunity to support mission and ministry in New England, and beyond, through our Annual Conference offerings. Click the link to find out about the offerings planned and make your gift. Thank you!
Make a donation
Community Offerings

Sunday, June 13, 2021

The New Hampshire Jewish Food Festival

Enjoy the homemade delicacies of The New Hampshire Jewish Food Festival. Order online June 13-July 11. Menu and more information click here or call 693-524-7044.
Zinn Education Project is hosting "A Day of Action" THIS Saturday, June 12th at noon at Prescott Park in Portsmouth.
Check out the event flyer.
  The Zinn Project has tasked the country with organizing events of any size on June 12th with fellow educators, family members, students, and community members. The Racial Unity Team joins in that effort. If people cannot attend an event, they can do this on their own and post on social media. Visibility through various media can be done with signs or amplified voices of speakers at these events explaining why learning the truth about history is important to them. We are holding one such event at Prescott Park at 12pm, where we invite people to join us and help voice concerns about the "divisive language concepts" bill which has been wrongfully added to our NH state budget and could place a chill over free speech in education. This bill could discourage important conversations about racism, sexism, ableism and oppression throughout U.S. history.
  We chose Prescott Park because it has a free public forum area to use, and it is also close to significant sites on the Black Heritage Trail. Taking place right on the water in Portsmouth, we can speak to an often invisible history right near where we stand as a reminder that slave ships carried human cargo from Africa, yet in this same area people organized and petitioned for their personal freedom based on the words and mission of the Declaration of Independence and continued to make contributions to this vibrant community (even in the face of many years of de facto segregation) that should be told as an important aspect of New Hampshire and American history.

  Educators, students and activists are encouraged to come with a pledge to read (see link to Zinn page for ideas), a poster to display or one of your favorite related resources on inequity that could be considered "divisive" under the new law.
Pastor Cheryl is available by phone, Zoom, Facebook messenger, text or email for pastoral support or to discuss church business. Set a time by emailing her at this link or by calling the church phone 224-7413 which is monitored remotely by our Administrative Assistant, Anne Roberts. If you or someone who you know that needs help would like to apply for assistance from the Pastor's Discretionary fund you can initiate the process by filling out the application at this link. If you know of someone who would like to receive a print version of the eWeekly please let us know by calling 224-7413 or emailing the office. You can also read Pastor Cheryl's occasional blog posts at this link.

If you'd like to join other
Prayer Messengers please contact coordinator, Norma Kane to volunteer. You may also forward your prayer requests directly to our prayer chain coordinator, Laura Fry.

 
AMAZON SMILE
Last quarter $20.64 was donated to Wesley through AmazonSmile! If you shop on Amazon, please consider naming Wesley UMC as your designated Smile charity. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items purchased. Use this link to select Wesley UMC-Concord NH. Detailed instructions are available here. As always you are invited to support Wesley directly by mailing your gift to 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 or electronically at Concord WUMC.org/donate.

Wesley's Administrative Policies can be found in paper copies in folders in the standing desk in the Narthex and this online folder so that members can access them as needed. 
 
Visit our website at this link 
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